FAQ's

I know there have been many questions raised about aspects of what's happening. I've taken questions from Facebook, emails sent to teachers, and general queries that I think people will be wondering about and put them into this FAQ. That way, the right information will be provided, if not immediately then as soon as I can get it from the right people. 

I've divided the FAQ's into different sections. If there's a question you have about any aspect of what the college is doing, please contact me - Judith Taylor, [email protected]. Thanks

  • General
  • General questions re Junior Student Programme (their programme at the Satellite Schools)
  • Year 9 Satellite School (Maidstone Intermediate)
  • Year 10 Satellite School (Lane Park Church - LPC)
  • Senior Practice Exams
  • Other questions about senior courses
  • The Petition
  • The Fire (information to come)

General

Do I have to wear uniform?

Yes. All students – junior and senior – are to wear their uniform.

How do I get to Lane Park or Maidstone??

Please read the Transport Arrangements – Buses tab on the website. Buses will continue to run and include Maidstone and LPC as drop off and pick up points. For students who live around the College and would normally walk to school, buses will be put on to take them to Maidstone and LPC, and bring them back at the end of the day. These buses are free.

Students who travel from Riverstone on the public service will still get off at Upper Hutt College (Moonshine Road bus stop) and will then catch the bus to Maidstone or LPC.

How do we contact the school if it has limited power?

Ring or email us. You can also use the UHC App to advise of absences. We will have a generator that will provide power to the Administration area, so we will have lighting, phones, and internet access. No heating though ☹

What if my child is away sick?

Same process applies. You can call or email the school. We will still send out alert messages that your child is not at school at the start of the day.

General questions re Junior Student Programme (their programme at the Satellite Schools)

Will we be doing PE?

Yes, but you will find out more about exactly what you’re doing on Monday.

I’m a junior student. Should I bring my BYOD device for doing my work?

At this point we are not clear about security and wifi access at Maidstone or Land Park Church (LPC). Leave it at home for the first day and ask your Dean on Monday.

What exactly will the juniors be doing at Maidstone and LPC?

Great question! They will be doing something very different. Instead of 5 periods in the day, they will have 3 Teaching and Learning Sessions of 60 – 90 mins long. What they do differs, so they could be working as a class, or in groups. They could be working on mini-projects, different themes in more than 1 subject, all boy groups (or all girl groups!). At LPC, they wont be working in classrooms, but in different areas in the Auditorium.

Year 9 Satellite School (Maidstone Intermediate)

Where do the Year 9 students meet on Monday?

In the Hall at 8.45am. There will be a brief powhiri and instructions about their time at Maidstone before they go to their classes

Do they wear uniform?

Yes

I hear we aren’t allowed cellphones at Maidstone. I need to have mine with me. Can I keep it?

Sorry, no. We are guests of Maidstone Intermediate and this is their policy, which we will follow - no cellphones at Maidstone Intermediate at all! If you do bring your cellphone, Mr Rodger and Ms Cowley will come around to collect your phone and keep it safe and secure until the end of the day when you can get it back. There are NO exceptions to this, so please help us by keeping your cellphone at home during the day.

What happens if I don’t give my phone up?

You will probably get into trouble and may be sent home. It’s not worth it!

Will Maidstone have WiFi that I can use?
Not sure yet. You won’t have your cellphone, and we may not be able to keep your device safe.

Should I bring my device?

Check with Mr Rodger or Ms Cowley. We may not be able to keep it safe and secure.

Will we be working to Maidstone bell times?
You will have a different kind of timetable – instead of having 5 periods in a day, you will have 3 Teaching and Learning Sessions. The Maidstone Intermediate Satellite School – Year 9 tab has information on the timetable for the day.

What about lunchtimes at Maidstone?
You will be having lunchtime like other Maidstone students. Lunch will start at 12.40pm and will be 10mins for eating your lunch in the classroom, and then the rest of lunchtime is outside.  

Some of my friends are at Maidstone. Can I hang out with them?

At the start, we will be keeping to ourselves, but we’ll see how things go after the first few days.

What if I get on the wrong bus or miss my bus?
Teachers will be on bus duty to make sure you get onto the correct bus. Make sure you know which bus you have to catch.

Year 10 Satellite School (Lane Park Church - LPC)

Where do the Year 10 students meet on Monday?

In the Auditorium at 8.45am. There will be a brief assembly for students and instructions about their time at LPC

Do they wear uniform?

Yes

Can I buy my lunch at LPC?

Sorry, there are no facilities to buy your lunch. You will have to make your sandwiches in the morning before school!

Will we be working to UHC times at LPC?

You will have a different kind of timetable – instead of having 5 periods in a day, you will have 3 Teaching and Learning Sessions and I know the teachers have got some fun and different things for you to do. The Lane Park Church Satellite School – Year 10 tab has information on the timetable for the day.

What about lunchtimes at LPC?
Lunch will start at 12.40pm and will be 10mins for eating your lunch in the café (bring your own lunch, there is no place to buy it at LPC), and then the rest of lunchtime is spent outside.   

Will we be by ourselves at LPC?
No. The Awhina Resource Centre will also be sharing the venue and the students from Awhina may join in with your activities.

What if I get on the wrong bus or miss my bus?
Teachers will be on bus duty to make sure you get onto the correct bus. Make sure you know which bus you have to catch.

What if I don’t feel well when I’m at LPC?

We have a space for students who don’t feel well, and everything else will be just like we do it at UHC.

Senior Practice Exams

My subject isn’t on the exam timetable – why?
Some subjects are not having an exam – ART101, HOC101, DGT101. For some subjects this is because it’s doesn’t need to – eg you have an art portfolio to complete. I will get further information from Ms Van Maren

What happens if I have Special Exam Conditions (SAC)?

You should already have been contacted (by email through your school email address) about what to do. If you have questions about SAC, please contact Ms Lister – [email protected]

What about the Year 11 students who are not doing Exams?

Email your teacher for further instructions (if you dont know their email, email me!)

OK, so what can I do to prepare myself?

Make sure you’ve checked the exam timetable, available on line and that you’ve made a note of all the days of the exams. The total exam period has been spread out so you will probably have a fair bit of time between the exams to study. You can also go onto NZQA website and other study guide areas for further information. Also, email your teacher to ask for revision work (their email is their last name-initial of first name)

Other questions about senior courses

What about the 13OED trip down south – is it still on?

Yes. Enjoy!

What about Drama productions – will the rehearsals be taking place at school?

I’ve asked Mr Towersey about that one and am awaiting his response.

I think I had work in T1 that must have been burnt. What will happen?
Ms Van Maren has been in close contact with NZQA about this. You need to let your teacher know what is missing / destroyed.

The Petition (updated 8/9/19)

I know that continuing with the exams is an issue for a number of students and I appreciate that there are concerns about being prepared sufficiently. When we were trying to work out what to do with teaching and learning in the aftermath of the fire, the issues around our seniors, and their learning and preparation for NCEA, was a big factor in decision-making.

  • We knew you would be anxious, worried about credits, and probably relying a little too much on your teachers help over the 4 days of the week before the practise exams were scheduled to start.
  • We also knew that it was simply not possible to run a programme of teaching and learning that included having seniors at school, wherever 'school' was going to be for you - teachers were already working at two different sites with juniors, the logistics around having multiple sites for actual teaching of the seniors quickly made that idea impossible.
  • We did consider online learning for our seniors, but many teachers and classes don't have Google Classroom set up, or it isn't appropriate for that class, and there were issues with students who may not have had access to the internet.
  • The school is closed until Wednesday 18 September (at least) which is the second-last week of the term. We cannot be certain it will be ready to open then, and are fully dependent on experts to demolish the T-Block classrooms, assess the issues around providing power to the whole schools and then allow us to open. Exams cannot be scheduled amidst this uncertainty.
  • Finally, there isn't enough time left in the academic year to be putting things back a week, and putting even more stress and pressure on students next term.

All of these things went into the mix and the decision was made early in the week to continue with the Senior Practise Exams and the Senior Internal Workshops.

Please note the following:

  • The Examination Timetable has been revised and now covers 8 days instead of the original 4 days. This will give you more time to prepare and revise.
  • We are exploring different options to give you the time and help you need with your assessments when school resumes, including the possiblity of workshops in the upcoming holidays
  • Your teachers will be well aware of the impact of this interruption on your preparation for NCEA and these practice exams. If the content hasn't been covered in class for the practice exams, that will be taken into consideration by the teachers. However, if you haven't been in class when the content has been taught and delivered, that has to be taken into consideration by you.

So, what can you do

  • Stop worrying about the timing of the practice exams and workshops. That won't change.
  • Check the exam timetables for the day, time and place of your exams.
  • Draw up your own personal study timetable. This will include the exams and the times you can commit to studying. Studytime offers assistance, although there is paid content on its site.
  • Check what standards will be offered in your subject exam - organise your notes so you have the info at hand.
  • Your teachers are only an email away to answer your questions. Use other sites eg NZQA, or StudyIt for help.
  • Get together with friends to study. Check out other resources online.

This is a situation where we all have to show resilience and responsibility, and simply do our best. We have your back, and your best interests at heart.

The Fire

Information to come